FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Sandy Hall found her dog, Cooper, bleeding Monday morning.
With veterinary hospitals closed to observe Memorial Day, she panicked.
Hall says, “I was very worried. I was very upset. I saw this blood on the floor and I started freaking out and I called my vet and they weren’t open, but they did have a 1-800 number for emergency.”
Cooper was neutered last Tuesday.
But he licked his wounds to the point of reopening.
Landing him in the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital, also known as NIVES.
Hall traveled all the way from Hicksville, Ohio because the nearest hospital to her house was closed.
She was among many others who crossed state lines on Monday, rushing their pets to the vet hospital serving mainly dogs and cats.
The veterinarians at NIVES say Monday was busy.
Outside of neighboring hospitals being closed to observe Memorial Day, another factor kept their four-legged patients coming through the entrance door, heat.
NIVES Emergency Veterinarian Amanda Hilliard, says,“If you put your hand on the pavement and it’s too warm for you, just imagine you walking barefoot on that. Don’t leave them in hot cars, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, because those couple of minutes are just too much for them.”
Hilliard says plenty of water and shade is necessary for pets during the summer months.
A time period when vets treat plenty of furry patients for exhaustion.
Hilliard says, “It’s definitely something that we worry about here. Everybody knows that when the heat goes up, that’s when those cases go up.”